Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

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"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Plantation firms to produce biodiesel for Pertamina

Nani Afrida, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Fri, 04/09/2010 10:53 AM

Renewable energy: State-owned oil-and-gas company PT Pertamina president director Karen Agustiawan (right) talks to state-owned electricity company PT PLN president director Dahlan Iskan (left) while State-Owned Enterprises Minister Mustafa Abubakar listens at the ministry, on Thursday. The companies signed two separate MoUs with state-owned plantation companies PTPN and PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia and state-owned forestry firm PT Perhutani on renewable energy. JP/P.J. Leo

Three state plantation firms – PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) III, IV and V — will begin the construction of three biodiesel plants in Dumai, Riau province, before the second half of the year starts.

The three plants are expected to absorb Rp 400 billion in total investment.

“The plants will be finished in the next 18 months. In 2012 the plants will start producing biodiesel,” PTPN IV president director Dahlan Harahap said on the sidelines of the signing of an MoU between the three firms with state oil and gas producer PT Pertamina on Thursday.

Pertamina has agreed to purchase the biodiesel from the plants and to prepare a storage facility for the biodiesel at the port in Dumai.

Dahlan said each of the plants has a capacity to process 100,000 tons of oil palm fruit bunches (TBS) annually. The capacity is expected to be doubled by 2014.

“If the demand keeps increasing, the capacity may jump to 1 million tons of TBS every year,” he said.

Dahlan said about 30 percent of the investment needed to construct the plants would come from the companies’ internal cash flow and the rest from bank loans.

Biofuel is currently being sold to retail customers. In 2008, Pertamina had 279 petrol stations selling biofuel while PLN has also used biofuel to help power nine of its power stations. These nine stations have a total capacity of 96 megawatts (MW).

Currently Indonesia has produced two types of biofuel: bioethanol — made from cassava, sugarcane and sweet sorghum, and biodiesel — made from castor, crude palm oil and jatropha.

By 2015, Indonesia plans to have 10 million hectares of palm oil plantations, up from 7.9 million today.

According to studies by state plantation companies, there are 44 million hectares of land in the country ideal for palm oil plantation. Using conservative yield estimates, this area of oil palm plantation could produce 145 billion liters per year of biodiesel, or 10 percent of current fossil diesel demand.

Besides planning to produce biodiesel, the state plantation firms also plan to produce electricity from biomass-generated power plants and sell it to state electricity company PT PLN.

To produce electricity power in the CPO factories, one factory will require between Rp 30 billion and Rp 40 billion in investment. Dahlan said PTPN IV currently operates 50 factories, with each one potentially able to generate 3 MW of power from biomass, mostly from the Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB) and any other available biomass waste.

PLN will be obtaining electric power from CPO plantations from power generated from biomass (EFBs) while Pertamina will obtain biofuel processed from the CPO itself.

“At the present, only two factories are ready to produce 6 MW in total of electricity power,” he said.

CPO is playing an increasingly important role in Indonesia today with the demand for the product increasing which not only for food consumption and other uses but also as an energy supply crop.

The Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (GAPKI), consists of about 370 CPO producer firms making use of about 2.4 million hectares of oil palm plantations. They, along with many smaller farmers, are aiming to produce at least 25 million tons of CPO this year, up by 25 percent from last year’s production target of 20 million tons.

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